EC grant for downwind floating demo

The European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme has awarded €4 million to a downwind floating wind turbine design featuring a single-point mooring system.

X1 Wind has been awarded a €4 million grant from the Horizon 2020 programme
X1 Wind has been awarded a €4 million grant from the Horizon 2020 programme

The PivotBuoy project, which is being developed by a consortium led by X1-Wind, will use the funding to deploy a prototype at a test site in the Canary Islands.

X1 Wind claimed its design could reduce platform weight by as much as 80%, and in turn cut costs by 50%.

The pyramid design "combines advantages of single-point mooring systems with those of tension-leg platform systems and a more efficient downwind structural design".

The scaled-down prototype is expected to be installed in 2020.

The downwind turbine uses a single-mooring point system

"In the last decade, a number of prototypes have successfully proven floating wind is technically feasible, but costs need to be reduced by at least 50%," said X1 Wind CEO Alex Raventos.

"Technology disruption is required to achieve large-scale competitive floating offshore wind."

Other consortium members include the R&D arm of Portuguese energy firm EDP, certification and technical advisory body DNV GL, and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

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